have one foot in the grave

Definition of have one foot in the grave

:to be close to dying because of old age or illness

Word by Word Definitions

foot play
  1. : the terminal part of the vertebrate (see 1vertebrate) leg upon which an individual stands

  2. : an invertebrate organ of locomotion or attachment

  3. : any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot

  1. : dance

  2. : to go on foot

  3. : to make speed : move

grave play
  1. : dig, excavate

  2. : to carve or shape with a chisel : sculpture

  3. : to carve or cut (something, such as letters or figures) into a hard surface : engrave

  1. : an excavation (see excavation 2) for burial of a body

  2. : death

  3. : death

  1. : to clean and pay with pitch

  1. : authoritative, weighty

  2. : meriting serious consideration : important

  3. : likely to produce great harm or danger

  1. : a grave accent ` used to show that a vowel is pronounced with a fall of pitch (as in ancient Greek), that a vowel has a certain quality (such as è in French), that a final e is stressed and close and that a final o is stressed and low (as in Italian), that a syllable has a degree of stress between maximum and minimum (as in phonetic transcription), or that the e of the English ending -ed is to be pronounced (as in "this cursèd day")

  1. : slowly and solemnly


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